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Curr Probl Dermatol. 2016;50:46-53. doi: 10.1159/000446041. Epub 2016 Aug 23.

Itch Management: Systemic Agents.


Itch is a global clinical problem and finding effective treatment remains a therapeutic challenge because of the complex pathophysiology of itch. The key component of treating itch should be directed at the underlying etiologies when possible. However, without eradication of the underlying diseases, treatment is often palliative at best. Treatment with systemic therapies can vary according to the etiology of the chronic itch. The aim of this article is to review the major systemic anti-itch agents and give a summary on the possible systemic treatments for different types of itch.

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